I've been having trouble sleeping recently, so I've started taking a capsule or two [unopened and made as a tea] of valerian an hour or so before bedtime.
I can't complain about the calming effects, but ten minutes or so after I've had my first sip, my hunger goes through the roof. By the time I've finished the tea, the hunger has gone.
Without the gelatin capsule, I'm just consuming 450mg of valerian officialis [root] per capsule.
Alternative sleep aids such as chamomile just have no effect on me.
It's not a problem per se, I'm just curious as to whether anyone else has experienced hunger pangs after this supplement.
asked byHarry_2 (1072)
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on August 03, 2011
at 06:12 AM
It doesn't make me hungry at all. Over the counter sleep meds like Sominex have been known to make me hungry though. I tend to not trust a lot of the herbs we get in the U.S. because they are unreliable as far as potency. It wouldn't even surprise me if something other than Valerian was in your capsules. I've just never known Valerian to have that effect. Do they have the typical stinky feet smell when you open them up?
on October 19, 2011
at 05:52 PM
HUH. That's really interesting! I like Valerian a lot for sleep, jitters, or as a muscle relaxant for cramps. But don't think I've noticed it affecting my appetite. Haven't taken it for a while tho, not since trying Paleo. Might just have to try it tonight and see. What I DO notice about Valerian is that I have some crazy dreams! Nothing nightmarish, but it's actually kind of amusing since at some level I know they are "Valerian-dreams". Like movies, I swear. :) It's fun.
on August 17, 2011
at 08:27 PM
Have you tried melatonin in combination with a relatively stable sleep schedule?
on August 03, 2011
at 07:52 AM
I haven't had any valerian munchies. But I don't think I've taken much of it since paleoing it up either, so I may have to test it again just to see.